Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial – How to Block Users

by Elaine on May 22, 2013

Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial on How to block users from your Joomla website.  If there are registered users that are abusing your Joomla website you can block them in the User Manager.  Now this does not prevent them from creating a new account, but you can stop them from using a particular account to abuse your website.  If you wanted a drastic solution, you can block the user and also disable user registration.  See my tutorial here on how to disable user registration in the User Manager.

Overview of How to Block Users

  1. Go to Users, User Manager
  2. Find the User you want to Block in User Manager
  3. Select User and Block User in User Manager
  4. User Successfully Blocked
  5. See Error Message When User Tries to Log in – Login Denied

Steps:

1.  Go to Users, User Manager

When users register on your Joomla 3.1.1 website, they are managed in the User Manager.  You can edit, delete, block, and manage users in the User Manager.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Users User Manager
  • Login to Joomla 3.1.1 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Users’, ‘User Manager

2.  Find the User you want to Block in User Manager

Search in the User Manager for the user you want to block.  You can type in the name in the search bar.  In my example, I typed in ‘Elaine’.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Search for User to Block in User Manager
  • In the Search box, type in the user to block

3.  Select User and Block User in User Manager

Once you found the user you want to block in your Joomla 3.1.1 website, select the user and click on the ‘Block’ button on the Admin toolbar.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial – Select User and Click on Block in User Manager
  • Select user with checkbox
  • Click on ‘Block

4.  User Successfully Blocked

Now you will see that the user is successfully blocked.  The Enabled flag was a green checkmark, but now it toggled to a red x.  That means this user is no longer enabled.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial – Block User in User Manager Successfully Blocked
  • See message:
    • User blocked
  • See status button below the title ‘Enabled’
    • Enabled = Red x

5.  See Error Message When User Tries to Log in – Login Denied

Now when the user tries to log in to your Joomla 3.1.1 website they will see an error message saying ‘Login Denied’.  See screenshot below.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial – User Blocked Login Denied
  • When the user tries to log in to your Joomla 3.1.1 website, they will see an error message:
    • Login denied! You account has either been blocked or you have not activated it yet.

If you want to unblock a user, you can go back to step 3.  Select the user and click on ‘Unblock’.

Thanks,

Elaine

 Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial   How to Block Users

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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